GEOSTRATA, 2014, November/December, 16

12th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction

The GSO at California State University, Fullerton, successfully hosted the 12th International Symposium on Geo-disaster Reduction in collaboration with the California Geotechnical Engineering Association at CSUF, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Geo-Institute, the CSUF College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the International Consortium on Geo-disaster. The two-day symposium was attended by over 120 individuals from over six countries and included two keynote lectures and six invited lecturers from around the world.

Purdue Students Enjoy Field Trip to Panama Canal

The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) at Purdue University had an extraordinary field trip to the Panama Canal. The group toured the offices of the Panama Canal Authority and the soils laboratory, and enjoyed a series of technical presentations given by several geotechnical engineers and geologists. Topics included the canal expansion program, cofferdam design criteria, Borinquen dams, Panama Canal geology, landslide and erosion control, dam safety, water resource management, seismic vulnerability, and vibration control.

The Purdue GSO wishes to thank the G-I Small Grants Program, the Global Engineering Program, the Purdue Geotechnical Society, the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue, the International Program at Purdue, and the G-I Graduate Student Leadership council for sponsoring this opportunity.

Students at California State University, Fullerton, Win Research Fellowships

The following geotechnical students at California State University, Fullerton, have won the Eisenhower Transportation Research Fellowships: Sneha Upadhyaya, John Thurlo, Matthew Farrington, and Adrian Guzman. Please join the Geo- Institute in congratulating them!

Virginia Tech Student Recognitions

Virginia Tech PhD students Beena Ajmera and Daniel VandenBerge have won the Best Student Paper Awards at the Dam Safety 2014 National Conference, hosted by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. Laura Ferre, a graduate student at the University of Colorado, Denver, was also honored.

Geo-Institute Organizational Member/Student Career Fair

Graduate students who are Geo-Institute members, graduating in 2015, and are registered for IFCEE 2015 are eligible to win a $275 travel grant to attend the Geo-Institute Organizational Member/ Student Career Fair. For information and to complete the online questionnaire, visit the G-I website at www.asce.org/geo by January 30, 2015.